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China envoy compares Abe visit to Voldemort

BEIJING--China's ambassador to Britain has invoked Lord Voldemort, the villain of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, in a diplomatic standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the Japanese prime minister's visit to a controversial war shrine.

“In the Harry Potter story, the dark wizard Voldemort dies because the seven horcruxes, which contain parts of his soul, have been destroyed,” ambassador Liu Xiaoming wrote Wednesday in an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation's soul,” he added.

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